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A Natural History of Beer

Rob DeSalle Ian Tattersall Patricia J. Wynne



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Yale University
15 May 2019
A celebration of beer-its science, its history, and its impact on human culture What can beer teach us about biology, history, and the natural world? From ancient Mesopotamian fermentation practices to the resurgent American craft brewery, Rob DeSalle and Ian Tattersall peruse the historical record and traverse the globe for engaging and often surprising stories about beer. They explain how we came to drink beer, what ingredients combine to give beers their distinctive flavors, how beer's chemistry works at the molecular level, and how various societies have regulated the production and consumption of beer.

Drawing from such diverse subject areas as animal behavior, ecology, history, archaeology, chemistry, sociology, law, genetics, physiology, neurobiology, and more, DeSalle and Tattersall entertain and inform with their engaging stories of beer throughout human history and the science behind it all. Readers are invited to grab a beer and explore the fascinating history of its creation.

By:   Rob DeSalle, Ian Tattersall
Illustrated by:   Patricia J. Wynne
Imprint:   Yale University
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 233mm,  Width: 167mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   480g
ISBN:   9780300233674
ISBN 10:   0300233671
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   15 May 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Rob DeSalle is a curator at the American Museum of Natural History's Sackler Institute for Comparative Biology and its program for microbial research. Ian Tattersall is curator emeritus, AMNH Division of Anthropology. DeSalle and Tattersall co-authored A Natural History of Wine and The Brain: Big Bangs, Behaviors, and Beliefs. They both reside in New York City.

Reviews for A Natural History of Beer

Forced to choose between this book and a pint of hazy IPA, I would be at a loss. Better to consume them at the same time-both will go down easily, and leave you in an improved condition. -Bill McKibben, author of Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out? As a `natural' follow-up to A Natural History of Wine, the sequel on beer-a supreme technological achievement of humankind-should prove equally informative and even more engaging for the general reader. -Patrick McGovern, Scientific Director, Biomolecular Archaeology Project, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology A thorough, thoughtful exploration of the many facets of `the most social of beverages,' which will appeal to beer lovers and general readers alike. -Theresa McCulla, American Brewing History Initiative, National Museum of American History DeSalle and Tattersall deliver a fun, factual, focused look at how beer first happened, how it happens every day, and just what's going on when it lands on your tongue. -Lew Bryson, Senior Drinks Writer for the Daily Beast

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